A weekend from now, motorcycles will be out in force.
First, there’s the Logan Hillclimb at the rock quarry on the east side of Logan, Iowa. The event, sponsored by an area group known as the Hill Blazers, starts at noon on April 7 and will feature, as always, Omaha’s hillclimbing champion Harold Waddell, a seven-time champion in the North American Hillclimbers Association.
“I appreciate the Hill Blazers’ support,” Waddell said. “I usually compete so far away from Omaha that none of my family and friends get to see me ride, so this event sort of came about for that reason.”
Waddell usually has to travel to places such as Idaho, California, Montana or New York to compete nationally.
A year ago, the Logan Hillclimb drew more than 3,000 spectators.
“The Hill Blazers have really done a good job building up the event,” Waddell said.
Waddell’s runs up the hills at Logan will feature his two professional bikes, a nitro burning 600cc bike and his 1340cc open bike. Both bikes produce roughly 200 horsepower, making his trips up the hill seemingly flash by in the blink of an eye.
The event has a class for a broad range of competitors, from the mini class for the 4- to 5-year-olds, to classes for middle-aged riders. This year’s event features a giant new hill which should be a challenge for riders in all classes.
For newcomers who might want to attend, the Logan Quarry is just east of Logan on U.S. 30. Just watch for the signs. General admission is $5. Here’s a tip: Bring your lawn chairs. For more information, call Paul Kelley at 712-592-7102.
Motocross gears up
For more motorcycle action, the Nebraska State Motocross Series kicks off its season also on April 7 at the newly reopened White Sands Raceway north of Ashland.
“We are very excited to get this season going and are looking forward to kicking it off at White Sands Raceway,” said Nate Urek, Nebraska State Motocross race director.
The state motocross series visits a number of facilities in 2013. On April 14, the series will race at the Abbott MX Park northeast of Lincoln. This will be the third year of operation for Abbott Park, which is quickly growing into a world class facility. Other facilities are Fiddler’s Creek in Homer, Fox Run near Friend and Off Road Ranch at Norfolk.
“Fiddler’s Creek in Homer is one of the few tracks in our area that has significant elevation changes, adding a new element for our racers to hone their skills on,” Urek said. “Off Road Ranch recently put in a new underground irrigation system that will help keep the track in great shape throughout the race day, no matter the weather.”
The Nebraska Motocross Series will have races through mid-September. For more information, visit the series website at www.nebraskamx.com.
Racing on the ice
Motorcycles and Quads will be racing on the ice at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs on April 6. Start time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.xiir.com.
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